Update (1st March 2013): Some of the offers below have now expired, but Debenhams and Fenwick have been added to the list. See more details here.
Many people will have heard of this offer, but for those that haven’t, Foursquare have a deal running with American Express where you get a statement credit when you make card purchases at specific retailers. For example, if you spend £50 on your American Express card at House of Fraser before 28th Feburary, you’ll get a £25 statement credit back on your American Express statement. The full list of retailers taking part in the offer is as follows:
In order to register for the offer, you need a Foursquare account and you then have to sync your American Express card with that account. You do so at the following URL:
Once you have done that, you need to download the Foursquare app (available for both iPhones and Android devices), “Check in” to each retailer. This will “Unlock” the offer on your device and you then need to “Load” the offer onto your card. After that, you’re all set – just make the purchases.
One of the best ways to utilise this deal is to buy Giftcard’s before the offer end date, from those retailers that have them – you can use the gift cards beyond the end of the offer, but still get the statement credit.
Note that you can check in to the retailer in advance of actually visiting the store (eg, days before) and you do not have to check in to the same store you end up visiting. The most important thing, and the one some people have forgotten, is that you have to load the offer to your card within the Foursquare app. If you do not do this, you will not get the statement credit.
If you have multiple American Express cards (credit cards or charge cards) then you can set up one Foursquare account per card, and sync each American Express card to its own Foursquare account. This way, you can get multiple statement credits.
To track this, I’d recommend keeping a spreadsheet or other document detailing which cards are sync’d to which Foursquare accounts.
One final trick is to use a feature of GMail to register a different email address with each Foursquare account. If you have GMail address such as email@example.com, then you can create multiple versions of it, but where all emails go to the same inbox. To do this, you add “+something” to the email address.
So, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com look like two separate email addresses to Foursquare, but all emails sent to either address arrive into the same Inbox in GMail.
Two additional retailers are also soon to be added to the offer:
If you do not already have an American Express card, check out the Credit Card Offers page.